• Research Assistant at Monsanto Company

  • Posted on: 13 September, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Research Assistant-Testing-Petit


    Job description

    Location: Petit, South Africa

    Major Responsibilities (essential job functions, scope of the job etc.):

    This individual is included in all aspects of seed preparation, planting, pollinating, harvesting and inventory management.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    Meeting of deadlines.

    • Perform computer-related activities, including hand held data collection, data management, bar coding functions and providing support for all day-to-day activities.
    • Coordinates and assists in all seed lab operations including seed shelling, packaging, treating and packet arrangement.
    • Coordinates and assists with all field operations including planting yield trial plots, nurseries, pollination, data collection, and machine harvest of yield trial plots.
    • Assist with timely and accurate data collection from research plots.
    • Training, motivating and supervising seasonal labor.
    • Assists in implementation of site safety programs to ensure a safe work environment.
    • Actively participate in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies
    • Communicates with farmers to coordinate off-station trials.
    • Extensive road travel and time away from home during planting and harvesting period.
    • Implement and maintain a culture of excellence in all working areas.

    Qualifications, Experience and Competencies requirement:

    • BS degree in agronomy, plant science, or related discipline or 3 years’ agricultural research experience with an Agricultural related diploma.
    • Basic knowledge of crop production, farming practices and farm equipment operation.
    • Knowledge of field research trial set-up
    • Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel extensively to the maize growing areas of South Africa and spend time away from home during peak seasons
    • Computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet programs with the ability to learn new program
    • Knowledge of farm and seed research equipment
    • Ability to accurately take and record trial data
    • Ability to implement and maintain high safety standards in all working areas
    • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
    • Effective verbal communication skills.
    • Detail oriented with the ability to balance multiple tasks and achieve deadlines.
    • Attention to detail and accurate worker
    • Ability to do physical work for example: the loading and off-loading of Fertilizer and servicing or repair of farm equipment
    • Ability to maintain a culture of excellence on and off field responsibilities
    • Detailed orientated
    • Communicate and negotiate with Farmers

    Join our global team where your contribution will make a real difference

    We are looking for enthusiastic and committed candidates. Placements will be made in line with Monsanto’s Employment Equity Policy.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Monsanto Company career website on jobs.monsanto.com to apply

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